Jean Segura is the game’s ultimate comeback artist

NLCS: Jean Segura and Phillies Beat Padres in Game 3

When the Philadelphia Phillies’ Jean Segura caught his first major-league pitch from Phillies starter Cole Hamels on Tuesday night, he said “this is our time.”

But unlike his teammates, who were cheering him on, Segura was thinking about how he could help his team even more by simply being there. Because he knows he is the game’s ultimate comeback artist.

“I’m a one-man team, and I’ve been there,” the 23-year-old said. “I’ve been where I’m at, and the game has been there. It’s the same. I knew all along.”

And as he was about to strike out to end the Phillies’ 5-1 loss in Game 3 of the National League Division Series, he was thinking about his teammates.

“I wanted to be a good teammate and support my teammates,” he said. “I just wanted to give my best for the team.”

After two and a half hours of playing and watching baseball in the dugout, Segura was still not tired.

But it was obvious that he was on a mission.

“I felt I could help the team out. That’s what I felt,” Segura said. “That’s what I felt motivated…. I’m a one-man team, and I’ve been there. I’ve been where I’m at. This is the same. I knew all along.”

The Phillies’ offense needed every run they could get against Hamels, who was brilliant in Game 2 as he pitched into the eighth inning before facing a fifth consecutive save, a scoreless ninth inning and a 1-0 deficit that was, in fact, insurmountable.

When the dust had settled, and with a new chapter being written about baseball, Segura had provided the team with the hero it needed.

“I mean, it’s been the story of the last two years. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come now, to see how we’ve progressed,” manager Ry

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